Monday, January 30, 2012

Living Bridges in India

In one of the wettest places on earth - the Indian state of Meghalaya - you can see this engineering marvel - the iving bridges,  raised by local people Khasi, from the roots of the rubber tree. 

These bridges are up to 30 meters in length and capable of withstanding up to 50 people at a time. Some of them comprise a 500-year history. Since ancient times, people who inhabit this land, they knew about the ability of the roots of the rubber tree is easy to cross the river.

In order to "grow" the bridge, the roots of a tree growing on one side of the river, placed in a hollowed-out trunks of a special type of palm tree. These trunks, root growth is directed towards the opposite shore. The roots grow and take root in the ground across the river. So it turns out fine strong bridge.

"The construction of" one of the bridge takes 10 to 15 years. Over time, the bridges become stronger, as the roots continue to grow. In addition, these bridges are not in need of repair.

Nowadays there are more convenient built for crossing the modern steel bridges.
Living Bridges left at the request of the owners of nearby resorts. It turned out that these bridges are popular with tourists. Now they are a landmark of local resorts.

Local residents have decided to continue the tradition of their ancestors and to this day creates new living bridges.

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